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Cardiothoracic Surgery

Our experienced, board certified and caring Cardiothoracic surgeons provide the care you need to recover quickly from your illness. 

With 30 years of combined experience, we are committed to delivering the best and latest in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery.

Embracing the latest in the field of coronary surgery, most of our coronary bypass operations are now done without the use of the heart-lung machine, with the beating heart. 

Based in Johnson City, NY, we serve the greater Binghamton region. Our specialists are experienced in all fields of medicine and our well-trained staff will help keep your stay in the hospital as safe and brief as possible. We make sure that your needs are met in every phase of your cardiovascular care.

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Procedures

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)

A coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is a surgical treatment for coronary artery disease (CAD), a chronic disease in which there is a hardening and narrowing (atherosclerosis) of the coronary arteries.

During CABG, a surgeon takes a segment of a healthy blood vessel (either an artery or vein) from another part of the body (saphenous vein in the leg or mammary artery in the chest), and uses it to create a detour or bypass around the blocked portion of the coronary artery. As a result, oxygen-rich blood can flow more freely to nourish the heart muscle.

A patient may undergo one, two, three or more bypasses depending on how many coronary arteries (and their main branches) are blocked. Until recently, most bypass surgery was performed using a heart-lung machine, or now commonly referred to as “on-pump” surgery, when the patient’s heart is stopped during the procedure.

Beating Heart Surgery

A ground-breaking technique, which was started at UHS Hospitals in March of 1999, involves stabilizing only that area of the heart on which the surgeon is operating. The entire heart, however, still beats on its own, thus commonly called “beating heart surgery”.

A recent study compared heart patients selected to undergo their bypass surgery either with or without the heart-lung machine. Those ''off-pump'' required fewer blood transfusions during surgery; sustained less heart damage; had less weight loss; and had a shorter hospital stay.

Vascular Surgery

In some cases, surgery is the recommended treatment for vascular disease. For example, carotid artery surgery is now a routine method for prevention of stroke. At UHS, surgeons perform the most delicate of operations using our advanced diagnostic techniques and state-of-the-art surgical equipment. Many of the procedures are less invasive than other methods of surgery so that patients can count on minimized pain and speedy recovery.

Vascular surgeons often work together with plastic surgeons, podiatrists and endocrinologists to care for patients with complex problems. The range of vascular surgery offered at UHS includes:

  • Carotid artery surgery
  • Aneurysm surgery
  • Limb salvage for diabetic foot problems
  • Vein reconstruction surgery
  • Varicose vein treatment (sclerotherapy)
  • Angioplasty

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